Edmond Memorial Concert Bands
The Wind Ensemble at Edmond Memorial High School features the finest musicians in the Edmond Memorial band program. The Wind Ensemble meets first hour after marching band and is populated by 9th through 12th grade students. The Wind Ensemble performs the best wind literature and continues the development of refined, professional skills. Members of the Wind Ensemble will perform multiple concerts a year and participate in OSSAA band contests and outside musical opportunities when they present themselves. The Wind Ensemble has recently performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
The Symphonic Band is the second of three wind bands at Edmond Memorial. The Symphonic Band meets first hour after marching band and is populated by 9th through 12th grade students. The Symphonic Band focuses on refining instrumental playing skills and performing quality music literature of a higher difficulty level. Members of the Symphonic Band will perform multiple concerts during the school year and participate in OSSAA band contests.
The Concert Band is the third of three wind bands at Edmond Memorial. The Concert Band meets first hour after marching band. Concert Band focuses on refining instrumental playing skills and performing quality music literature of a higher difficulty level. Members of the Concert Band will perform multiple concerts during the school year and participate in OSSAA band contests.
Wind Band Events
SOLO AND ENSEMBLE
Solo and Ensemble is an adjudicated event sanctioned by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activity Association in which students may play individually or in small groups. Soloists typically play with a piano accompanist. Ensembles usually number from 2 to 5 players, but sometimes are larger. Examples of ensembles that could perform at Solo and Ensemble Contest would be trumpet trio, flute quartet, woodwind quintet, brass quintet.
DISTRICT HONOR BANDS
Each November, students may audition for CODA (Central Oklahoma Directors Association) Honor Bands. From this region of schools, students are selected to participate in three bands: Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble. The Honor Bands meet for a clinic in January on a Friday and Saturday and culminating in a concert on Saturday afternoon. Each of the bands is directed by a guest conductor, usually from a college or university band program.
ALL-STATE BAND AND ORCHESTRA
The All-State Band and Orchestra membership is selected in November by an audition of students from across the state. The All-State Band and Orchestra rehearse and perform as part of the Oklahoma Music Education Association Conference which is held in Tulsa each year late in January.
LARGE GROUP BAND CONTESTS
In the spring of each school year, the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activity Association sanctions an event in which concert bands play for judges’ comments and ratings. In April, the high school bands perform at the State level.